Seven charts on women, work and education in South Africa

More girls between the ages of 17 and 19 pass matric than boys, and they do better at maths and science. More young women also graduate with degrees. So why then do women earn on average 20% less than men?

Fourth Industrial Revolution seems far away for schools where no matrics write maths and science

The number of schools where no Grade 12s sat the final maths exams doubled since 2013.

Matric maths and science numbers remain dismally low

Only a small portion of South Africa’s 2021 matrics took mathematics and physical sciences, and far fewer passed with over 60%.

No-fee schools maintain their bachelor pass rate, despite Covid-19

But learners at fee paying schools are much more likely to get a bachelor pass than the 70% of kids who attend the no-fee schools.

Matrics in 2021 buck school drop-out trends

Grade 12s did not drop out of the system because of Covid-19, in fact more pupils wrote the exams, and the pass rate improved on 2020’s.

Teen pregnancy in South Africa – a growing problem

What effect has the pandemic had on teen pregnancies? It’s too soon to tell. But here’s what the available data shows us.

More students need to do maths and science if SA wants to be part of the fourth industrial revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) has widely been hailed as a chance for South Africa to unlock new opportunities and increase economic growth. But with declining interest and performance in maths and science at school SA risks being left behind.

How many schools in South Africa have internet access?

How many schools in South Africa have access to the internet? Using data from a number of different sources, including official documents and Parliamentary presentations, we tried to establish exactly how many schools are connected. We then used that data to visualise the change in internet connectivity in schools from 2014 to  2019.